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Preview: Bournemouth v Crystal Palace

1 October 2018

Palace will be hoping to clinch their fifth win from six away games this season at the expense of Bournemouth on Monday night, at a venue they have enjoyed visiting in recent years.

Palace are undefeated at the Vitality Stadium since the Cherries reached the Premier League four seasons ago, with a 2-0 win in January 2017 sandwiched between a pair of draws, including last season's 2-2 scoreline.

A win for Roy Hodgson's team will see them reach 100 in the Premier League, becoming the 22nd team to hit three figures for three-pointers.

Cherries enjoying home comforts

Callum Wilson

While the Eagles have been better on their travels than at Selhurst Park this term, conversely Bournemouth are unbeaten in four league games on their own patch following their 4-2 win over Leicester City a fortnight ago, which saw them race into a 4-0 lead.

However, they were on the receiving end of that scoreline last week as Burnley enjoyed a field day at Turf Moor, leaving Eddie Howe's team eighth in the table with 10 points from their first six games.

They have also won twice in the Carabao Cup on home soil, firstly dispatching MK Dons 3-0 before Callum Wilson's stoppage-time winner edged out Blackburn Rovers 3-2 on Tuesday after the hosts had let a two-goal lead slip. 

View from the opposition

Eddie Howe

Eddie Howe: "We have always found Crystal Palace to be very tough competitors with a very good squad and a very experienced manager. I don't envisage this game being too different from the previous ones, so hopefully we come out on top of this one.

"Zaha is an outstanding player. He did well against us in the two games last year, we found him difficult to deal with. From our perspective that is something we will look to improve. As I would say with any team it is not just him.

"You have Andros Townsend on the other wing who has had a good start to the season. When Benteke plays he is a focal point for them, and they have got excellent midfielders with a lot of experience.

"So there are a lot of areas that they manage very well. But of course we have good players the other way. We know if we are at the top of our game we are a match for anyone."

Team news

Ryan Fraser

Bournemouth: Charlie Daniels is closing in on a first-team return having been out since the end of last month with a knee issue.

Diego Rico is also struggling with a hamstring injury, while Dan Gosling is hoping to return after a calf problem.

Palace: Jairo Riedewald was forced off early in the Carabao Cup win against West Bromwich Albion and will miss this game, but should be back in training next week.

Christian Benteke is being monitored daily as he attempts to regain full fitness after struggling recently with a knee complaint, while Scott Dann and Connor Wickham are back in training.

Matchday officials

Mike Dean

It's a second Palace appointment of the season for Mike Dean, who also oversaw the opening day win against Fulham.

The Eagles have won nine and drawn 10 of the 25 games he has taken charge of, winning all of the last four.

Referee: Mike Dean
Assistants: Dan Robathan and Mark Scholes
Fourth official: Kevin Friend

Matchday stats

Ryan Fraser

Bournemouth have won just once in six previous Premier League matches against Palace - 2-1 at Selhurst Park in February 2016.

Palace have lost just once in their last five away league games against Bournemouth, after losing nine of their previous 10 visits.

The away side has opened the scoring in each of the last four Premier League meetings between Bournemouth and Crystal Palace, but have only gone on to win once.

Bournemouth have never won a Premier League game on a Monday in five attempts.

Palace have won three of their last four Premier League away games, as many as they had in their previous 20 combined.

Ryan Fraser has had a hand in five goals in his last four Premier League games at the Vitality Stadium (4 goals, 1 assist).

Wilfried Zaha has scored in all three of Crystal Palace’s away league games so far this season.

Jermaine Defoe has scored nine goals in his 11 Premier League matches against Palace, including six in his last four.

The Eagles are looking to record three consecutive Premier League clean sheets for the first time since March 2017.


  Bournemouth wins Draws Palace wins
League 28 19 23
FA Cup 0 0 0
League Cup 0 0 0
Total 28 19 23


Tickets and travel

Vitality Stadium

Tickets for this game are sold out.

Live coverage

If you can’t make it to the Vitality Stadium, then you can listen to the game live on our new Palace Audio service. Fans can buy a Season Pass for £39.99, a Monthly Pass (which auto-renews) at £4.49, or a 24-Hour Pass for a single matchday for £1.49.

If you live outside the UK, find out if the game is being screened live in your country.

There will also be updates on our official Twitter account and on the official Palace app, and highlights available on Palace TV.

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